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Washington Mall

Washington Mall
Location Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Opening date 1968
Developer Falconi
Management Oxford Development Company
No. of floors 3 (JCPenney only; rest of the mall is 1 floor)

Washington Mall is a mostly defunct enclosed shopping mall located in South Strabane Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Washington, formerly managed by J J Gumberg Co. and now by Oxford Development Company. It is owned by Falconi, a local developer which also owns a number of properties throughout Washington County. Its anchor, JCPenney, closed in February 2007[1] and relocated to the defunct Foundry shopping center less than a mile away in March 2007; however, due to ground settling problems at the aforementioned retail complex and financial difficulties with the property owner, JCPenney moved back to the Washington Mall in mid-September 2008.[2][3] As of January 15, 2014, it was announced that the JCPenney location at the mall will be closing in May along with 32 other Penney stores that are considered underperforming.[4]

As of July 2015, the remaining tenants include Staples, Toys R Us, and Harbor Freight Tools.

The mall was at one time the preeminent place for shopping in Washington. Up until the 1990s, it was indeed faring its own. However, as the crosstown rival Franklin Mall (now Washington Crown Center) was expanded and completely remodeled, Washington Mall was severely affected by this. There have been plans to demolish and rebuild the mall as a strip shopping center, although nothing has materialized.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ Taylor, Lynda Guydon (January 14, 2007). "J.C. Penney exit makes others at mall nervous. With Washington Mall anchor gone, new managers mum on their plans". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ "J.C. Penney to reopen Washington mall site". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. July 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Penney's reopening at Washington Mall". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. September 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Here's A List Of The J.C. Penney Stores That Are Closing". The Huffington Post. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Dan (June 20, 1997). "Crown American, Gumberg weigh mall, power center. South Strabane's Route 19 stretch is a retail speculator's hotspot".  
  6. ^ "Washington Mall; Washington, Pennsylvania". Labelscar. July 13, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 

External links

  • Washington Mall official site-Last known official website page from September 27, 2007 including a lease plan of the time.

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